A Comforting Love
by Zack Howard
We all have moments where we need comfort. We deal with so many trials and struggles that we just need someone to tell us that it’s going to be okay. We can turn to different hobbies or passions to get us by, but those do not always work. However, there us something that can give us comfort forever. In Romans 8, Paul shows us how God’s love comforts us.
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1. God’s love reassures us.
In verses 31-35, Paul teaches us that God’s love reassures us. In one of the most comforting verses of this passage, he asks us the question: “If God is with us, who can be against us?(31)”.This question is rhetorical—Paul is using it to remind us that there is nothing that can stand against us with God on our side. No matter what we may face in this world—persecution, accusations, mocking of faith—God’s love reassures us from anything others may hurl at us. When people are trying to drag us down for our faith, we are reassured, because no matter what trials they might put us through God is always by our side. He is not deserting us to handle it alone, nor is he making us deal with trials that have no purpose. God is there loving us through everything we may face, and that is comforting.
2. God’s love Strengthens us.
When our worldly trials and persecutions are tearing us down and causing us physical harm, and we are feeling worn down by the darts Satan hurls our way, we have strength from our father’s love. 8 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. We are always in God’s love, and this should strengthen us to face whatever physical trials we may. When we feel there are so many things in the way of salvation—work, school, temptation—we have strength knowing God’s love is always there for those who dwell in him. We have the love of God, through his son, to strengthen us in all we do. Because we know that God loves us in life or death, then there should be nothing we fear on this earth. God’s love strengthens us in all we do, because nothing can take us away from him.
God’s love is comforting, because it reassures us from condemnation and spiritual death, and because it strengthens us to face anything in this world.